Memorising 37 miles of
Mcguinness has 23 TT victories to his name and has completed more than a 1000 race laps
‘I’m not one of those riders that goes through the course in their head, thinking about every gear change and every bump. To be honest, if I start thinking about it too much it starts to scare me. A lot of people memorise everything, but I don’t. When I was 17 I came over on my TZR125, filled it up with petrol and rode around until it ran out, and then did it again and again.
“I watched V for Victory a million times and then just put the laps in until I knew it. Now it’s engraved in my mind and I don’t even have to think about the course layout. I know the course bump for bump, gear for gear, but only the track. Milky Quayle knows every lamppost, tree and kerb, but I don’t have those reference points – so I have less to remember.
“The real twist is that you’ve never got it absolutely nailed. You know where you’re going but there are some things you just can’t prepare for like wind, damp sections or new bumps in the surface. Some riders spend ages going round the track before TT week but I don’t bother, you can never learn as much as you do when you do your